2020-01-15: Social Media Postees

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France at a Crossroads
Richard Greeman | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-15
Montpellier, France. The nationwide general strike in France, now entering its record seventh week, seems to be approaching its crisis point. Despite savage police repression, about a million people are in the streets protesting President Macron's proposed neo-liberal "reform" of France's retirement system, established at the end of World War II and considered one of…

General strike in France
G. Dunkel | workers.org | 2020-01-15
French President Emmanuel Macron's government bet that the unions would grow tired, their members pinched by their loss of pay, and that public support would dwindle as travel to and from work became onerous, as their electricity flickered. But the government lost. Marseilles, France In response to massive protests Jan. . . . | Continue reading General strike in France at Workers.org

Assassination of Communist leaders Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht in Germany
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-01-15
On January 15, 1919, communist leaders, Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht in Germany were murdered on the orders of German authorities. The assassination was an attempt to crush the growth of the German revolutionary movement that challenged the regressive state establishment.

Germany Suspects Ex-EU Diplomat, Two Lobbyists of Spying for China – Reports
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-15
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – German Public Prosecutor General Peter Frank is investigating a former EU official from Germany and two employees of a major lobbying firm on suspicion of spying for China, the Spiegel newspaper reported on Wednesday, citing information at its disposal.

EU Nations Push Iran in Last-Ditch Bid to Save Nuclear Deal
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-01-15
Britain, France and Germany trigger pact's dispute mechanism, starting the clock on a process that could result in more sanctions on Iran.

Germany's Sàºddeutsche Zeitung defends murder of Suleimani
wsws.org | 2020-01-15
In reaction to the Middle East crisis, Germany's ruling circles are enthusing about the criminal methods of Trump while pursuing their own imperialist interests more aggressively.

'More powers, more responsibilities': Putin proposes granting parliament power to choose PM & form government
rt.com | 2020-01-15
Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed granting parliament more powers to nominate key government officials, adding that the president will not be able to reject their picks. | Under the current law, the president nominates the candidate for prime minister, who then must be approved by the lower house of parliament, the State Duma. | In his annual state-of-the-nation address on Wednesday, Putin proposed to change this by "allowing the State Duma not only to approve but to choose" the PM. Under his plan, the prime minister would then present parliament with the candidacies of the deputy prime ministers and g…

Kremlin maintains muted response to Suleimani assassination, insists on Iran nuclear deal
wsws.org | 2020-01-15
An open war against Iran is likely to spread directly to the border of Russia, enflaming not only the entire Middle East but also the South Caucasus.

Putin suggests launching new investment cycle in Russia to achieve growth rates above global average
rt.com | 2020-01-15
Russian President Vladimir Putin called for a structural change to the economy and its efficiency during his annual address to the Federal Assembly on Wednesday. | "In 2021, Russia' GDP growth rates should be above the global average," he said, adding: "To get such a dynamic, it is necessary to launch a new investment cycle, to boost investments in creation of jobs, infrastructure, development of industry, agriculture and services sector." | Starting from 2020, annual growth investments should be at least 5 percent, and their share in the GDP should be increased from the current 21 percent to 25 percent in 202…

PM Medvedev Announces Resignation of Russian Gov't Following Putin's Address to Parliament
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-15
The Russian president addressed lawmakers, ministers and other high-ranking officials on Wednesday, with this year's address focusing mostly on domestic politics including social policy and the economy, but also proposals to amend the country's basic law.

Lavrov: Russia to Continue De-Dollarisation Drive Amid 'Increasingly Aggressive' US Sanctions Policy
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-15
Once one of the largest national investors in US Treasury obligations and the US dollar, Russia has been shrinking its holdings substantially in recent years as relations with Washington continue to sour.

Russian government resigns, after President Putin's State-of-the-Nation Address proposes changes to the constitution
rt.com | 2020-01-15
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has announced that the government is resigning. The statement came shortly after President Vladimir Putin delivered his annual state-of-the-nation address. | Accepting the resignation, Putin asked the ministers to function as a caretaker government until a new one is formed. | Before announcing the resignation of the cabinet, Medvedev met with Putin to discuss his state-of-the-nation address, which took place earlier on Wednesday, the Kremlin's press office said. | Putin also said that he plans to create a position of the deputy secretary of Russia's security council, and…

Putin proposes major amendments to Russia's constitution incl. about his own post, says people should vote on changes
rt.com | 2020-01-15
The constitution should take priority over international law if the latter violates the rights of Russian citizens or violates Russia's constitutional principles, President Vladimir Putin has proposed. | Amendments to the constitution could be put to a popular vote to ensure "the development of Russia as a welfare and rule-of-law state," the Russian leader said in his annual state of the nation address. | Adopting a brand new constitution is not necessary because the current one will remain relevant for many years to come, Putin explained. But he did suggest some changes he'd like to see. | Domestic v inte…

23 die as two migrant boats capsize in Mediterranean region
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-01-15
One of the boats capsized in the Ionian Sea near Paxi, Greece while the other accident took place in the Aegean Sea near Cesme in Turkey. 29 people were rescued…

Ankara Summons Egypt's Charge d'Affaires Over Raid on Anadolu News Agency in Cairo – Reports
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-15
Earlier in the day, Turkish state Anadolu news agency reported that Egyptian police raided its office in Cairo on Tuesday evening and arrested four of its employees.

Trump deal instead of Iran nuclear deal? I agree! US president gives Twitter nod to BoJo
rt.com | 2020-01-15
Boris Johnson's suggestion that the 2015 Iran nuclear deal be replaced with a new one

European powers move toward scrapping nuclear accord with Iran
wsws.org | 2020-01-15
Berlin, London and Paris, emboldened by Tehran's weak response to the US murder of Iranian General Qassem Suleimani, are escalating attacks against Iran.

France at the Crossroads
Richard Greeman | zcomm.org | 2020-01-15
The nationwide general strike in France, now entering its record seventh week, seems to be approaching its crisis point…

As Meghan and Harry Rock the Boat, Which is the World's Most Secure Royal Family?
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-15
The British Royal Family has been rocked by the decision of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to "step back" and seek financial independence. From Spain to Thailand, royal families around the world are having a tough time.

Farage Mocked Online After Saying Britain Will Be a 'Joke' If Big Ben Does Not Bong For Brexit
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-15
Nigel Farage has said he will be organising a Brexit festival on 31 January to coincide with the day the UK leaves the European Union. He also expressed his wish for Big Ben, which has been silenced since 2017 due to a four year restoration project, to bong at 11pm as the UK departs from the bloc.

French police facing probe for violence during protests
yenisafak.com | 2020-01-15
General Inspectorate of the National Police (IGPN), France's police watchdog group, will investigate the video, allegedly recorded in Toulouse on Jan. 9, and the police violence during protests, the daily LeMonde reported.Police violence in France has been a subject of controversy since the Yellow Vest protests which started in Nov. 17, 2018 and continue to be the main focus because of the ongoing pension reform protests since Dec. 5.On Tuesday, President Emmanuel Macron said some officers show "unacceptable behaviors," however, it is not right to say that all police officers used violence against protesters."I e…

US expects UN sanctions on Iran to 'snap back into place'
yenisafak.com | 2020-01-15
The United States believes international sanctions on Iran will be swiftly reimposed now that France, Britain and Germany have formally triggered a mechanism to help enforce Iran's nuclear agreement, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Wednesday."I've had very direct discussions – as well as Secretary Pompeo has – with our counterparts," Mnuchin told CNBC. "I think you saw the E3 did put out the statement and have activated the dispute resolution. And we look forward to working with them quickly and would expect that the U.N. sanctions will snap back into place."

Russian FM calls out under representation in UN
yenisafak.com | 2020-01-15
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday called out the UN Security Council for failing to rightfully represent developing countries.Addressing the annual Raisina Dialogue in the Indian capital New Delhi, Lavrov said that Moscow believes in "equitable and democratic world order not on the balance of brutal force"."I would say that the main and probably the only deficiency of the [UN] Security Council is under representation of the developing countries," he said, adding that India and Brazil should make it to the list along with an African candidate.- India-China tiesAlso speaking at the event, Indian…

'UAE embassy in Moscow obstructed Libya cease-fire'
yenisafak.com | 2020-01-15
Libya's Chairman of the High Council of State Khalid al-Mishri on Wednesday confirmed that the embassy of United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Moscow strongly contributed to obstruct the ceasefire in Libya. | "The Gulf countries were present in the cease-fire negotiations in the capital Moscow, including the charge d'affaires of the UAE embassy to Russia, who was one of the obstacles on the signing of the cease-fire agreement in Libya," al-Mishri said at a press conference in Tripoli."The Russian proposal for a cease-fire was written in a format to satisfy the aggressor [referring to Haftar forces]," al-Mishri said.On J…

Russian prime minister and government resign after Putin speech
yenisafak.com | 2020-01-15
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday that his government was resigning to give President Vladimir Putin room to carry out the changes he wants to make to the constitution.The unexpected announcement, which came shortly after Putin proposed a nationwide vote on sweeping changes that would shift power from the presidency to parliament, means Russia will also get a new prime minister.Possible candidates include Sergei Sobyanin, the mayor of Moscow, Dmitry Oreshkin, the economy minister, or Alexander Novak, the energy minister.Medvedev made the announcement on state TV sitting next to Putin who th…

US students in Washington introduced to Turkish culture
yenisafak.com | 2020-01-15
Turkey's Embassy in Washington introduced its country and culture to elementary school students in the U.S.The embassy discussed Turkey's culture, nature, language and cuisine with Barnard Elementary School student during a visit Tuesday."Our young friends in 5th grade had a taste of delicious Turkish delight, a sense of Turkish music and a stamp on their passports! We can't wait to meet for a second time!" the embassy said on Twitter.The embassy said the visit was held with contributions from the Yunus Emre Institute as part of the District of Columbia Public Schools' Embassy Adoption Program (EAP).The Yunus Emr…

EU's industrial production down 1.3% in November 2019
yenisafak.com | 2020-01-15
Industrial production in the European Union dropped by 1.3% in November 2019 year-on-year, the bloc's statistical office announced on Wednesday."In November 2019, compared with November 2018, production of intermediate goods fell by 2.3%, capital goods by 2.1% and energy by 1.5%, while production of non-durable consumer goods rose by 1.8% and durable consumer goods by 1.9%," the Eurostat said.Among member countries, the largest drop in industrial production were registered in Greece (-8.3%), Romania (-7.5%) and Estonia (-7.2%)."The highest increases were observed in Hungary (5.7%), Poland (5.6%) and Finland (3.7%…

Brazil's Petrobras ends operational activities in Africa
yenisafak.com | 2020-01-15
Brazil's state-controlled oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA, known locally as Petrobras, has said it "completely closed its operational activities" in Africa.The statement came on Tuesday after the company finalized the sale of a 50% stake in the Netherlands-based Petrobras Oil Gas BV, which holds some 8% Nigerian oil assets, for $1.4 billion to Petrovida Holding.Petrovida Holding is formed by Vitol Investment Partnership II, Africa Oil Corp and Delonex Energy.Additionally, Petrobras, which has its global headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, is expected to suspend operations at its wholly-owned Araucaria Nitrogenados…

China calls UNSC to discuss Kashmir, France opposes
yenisafak.com | 2020-01-15
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) will discuss the Kashmir issue in a closed-door meeting as part of its Wednesday agenda, Radio Pakistan reported.According to media outlet News18, however, France said it opposed a request by a UNSC member, reportedly China, for a discussion on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir in New York."France's position has not changed and is very clear: The Kashmir issue must be settled bilaterally

Martinique: Protests in Support of Environmental Activists
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-14
Over one hundred people Monday gathered at the House of the Unions in support of seven environmental activists who were summoned by the courts in Fort-de-France, the capital of the Caribbean island of Martinique, a French overseas territory. | RELATED: | 8th Caribbean Peoples Assembly Debates the Crisis of Capitalism | Authorities blocked the entrance to the Palace of Justice to prevent the arrival of a march in support of seven anti-chlordecone young activists. | "Concentrat…

Russia's Unsuccessful Libyan Peace Summit Was a Good Start
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-14
Russia's Libyan peace summit in Moscow didn't succeed with its stated objective of getting the warring parties to agree to a ceasefire agreement after they failed to find any common ground with one another, but it was nevertheless a good …

Libya: How Did We Get Here?>
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-14
The Libyan War broke out in the Spring of 2011 after weeks of wide-scale protests against the government of President Muammar Gaddafi. | RELATED: | Libya Talks in Russia Progress but Fail to Sign Ceasefire | The protesters were calling for Gaddafi to step down from the presidency, despite holding the role since his rise to power in the late 1960s and earl…

Khalifa Haftar refuses to formalize Libyan ceasefire
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-01-14
The warlord who had initially agreed to the ceasefire proposed by Russia and Turkey withdrew saying that it did not address his concerns. His rival group, the Government of National Accord, has already signed the agreement…

Pundits Go Nuts Over New Russian Hacking Conspiracy
Caitlin Johnstone | theantimedia.com | 2020-01-14
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Hear no evil, see no evil, print no evil? MSM warn journalists away from Burisma/Biden info after 'hack' report
rt.com | 2020-01-14
The US political and media elite have warned any journalist who might think of publishing (or even looking at) material potentially hacked from Ukrainian gas firm Burisma that they're essentially handing 2020's election to Russia. | Burisma Holdings – the Ukrainian company where Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden's son Hunter served as a director – has been hacked, cybersecurity firm Area 1 announced on Tuesday. Area 1 has ties to both the NSA and Crowdstrike, the firm behind 2016's still-unproven "Russian hacking" allegations, and has…

Libya: No Ceasefire As Rival Factions Leave Moscow Without Deal
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-14
Libya's General Kalifa Haftar, who leads the Libyan National Army (LNA), refused to sign an agreement that would have formalized a tentative ceasefire Tuesday in Russia, despite been already signed by the head of the United Nations-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez al-Sarraj. | RELATED: | Libya: How Did We Get Here? | "The draft [agreement] ignores many of the Libyan ar…

An Interview with Embattled Catalan President Quim Torra
Thomas S. Harrington | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-14
The Catalan conflict is generating a constitutional crisis in Madrid with far-reaching implications for the future of the European Union. In a stunning and legally questionable move on January 3, Spain's Central Electoral Commission voted to remove Catalan President Joaquim Torra from office immediately. In a speech the same evening, Torra rejected the legitimacy of the ruling, saying he responds only to the will of the Catalan people and the Catalan Parliament. The following day, the Catalan Parliament robustly backed him and his position on the matter. Meanwhile, during the investiture debate of Socialist Prime…

Spain: 1 Killed, 6 Injured in Big Chemical Factory Explosion
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-14
One person was killed, another was missing and six were injured Tuesday in an explosion and fire at a chemical factory in the northeastern town of Tarragona in the Spanish semi-autonomous region of Catalonia, local authorities reported. | RELATED: | Spain: New Coalition Government Takes Oath of Office | Rescue services called the blast a "chemical accident," adding the fire had been contained and that several of the injured had suffered burns. The affected company is Industrias Qu…

Boris Johnson may see 'the hand of the future' but there's a very significant past in Northern Ireland he can't ignore
Peadar O'Cearnaigh | thecanary.co | 2020-01-14
On 13 January, Boris Johnson visited Belfast to meet the leaders of the restored government. Johnson claimed he could "see the hand of the future". It was an imitation of Blair's "I feel the hand of history upon our shoulders" comment. Blair used this during the 1998 Good Friday Agreement ( GFA) negotiations. | And o…

Rush elections are like a non violent coup against public consciousness
Antonio Carty | zcomm.org | 2020-01-14
Ireland's leader Leo Varadkar, has just announced snap election for February 8th? that's about 3 weeks, how does a legitimate public debate and campaign by opposition party's have a proper chance to lodge an alternative to this self proclaimed 'Government of Ireland' who instead of getting any real progress on the fundamental outstanding problems people Read…

NIAC Statement on European Powers Triggering JCPOA Dispute Resolution Mechanism
commondreams.org | 2020-01-14

Iran Welcomes "Constructive" Measures to Save Nuclear Deal
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-14
Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Abbas Mousavi said Tuesday that Iran welcomes any constructive measure which aims at saving the 2015 nuclear deal. | RELATED: Trump Signed Off on Soleimani's Assassination in June | "As in the past, Iran is fully ready to receive any well-intended and constructive measures to salvage this important international deal, and it supports any initiative in this regard," Mousavi said. | "In the meantime, Iran clarifies it to all and particularly to three European parties of the deal that any breach of vows, mal-intention and unconst…

Johnson calls for 'Trump deal' to resolve Iran tensions
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-01-14
Donald Trump should produce a replacement for the Iran nuclear deal, Boris Johnson said as he called for tensions in the Gulf to be "dialled down".The UK, along with European allies, has remained part of the troubled nuclear deal despite the US president's opposition.The prime minister said one of the problems the American leader had with the agreement was that it was negotiated by his predecessor, Barack Obama, so putting in a replacement "Trump deal" would be a way out of the current crisis. | The US has pulled out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which eased sanctions in return for Iran agree…

Venezuela Asks Electoral Body to Invite UN, EU to Observe Polls
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-14
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro asked the National Electoral Council (CNE) Tuesday to invite the European Union (EU) and the United Nations as observers in the process of legislative elections scheduled for this year. | RELATED: | Venezuela and Red Cross Monitor Protection for Blockade Victims | During the presentation of his 2019 balance, the Venezuelan president was also firm in expressing that "what is definitive is that neither the Organization of American States (OAS…

Berlin, London and Paris threaten Iran over 2015 nuclear treaty
wsws.org | 2020-01-14
After the recent US assassination of Iranian General Qassem Suleimani, the European powers are denouncing not Washington, but Tehran, as a threat to the Middle East.

UN moves to tackle 'hidden abuse' and violence against Europe's children
news.un.org | 2020-01-14
Each year, at least 55 million children in Europe suffer some form of physical, sexual, emotional or psychological violence, the UN health agency (WHO) said on Tuesday.

UN aviation experts to join Ukraine Airlines Iran crash investigation
news.un.org | 2020-01-14
Experts from the UN aviation watchdog, ICAO, will support the investigation into the crash of a Ukrainian Passenger plane in Iran on January 8, following an invitation from the Iranian authorities, which was accepted on Tuesday.

GOP Debate on Impeachment Witnesses Intensifies as Pelosi Prepares to Send Articles to Senate
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-14
The impeachment trial of President Trump is anticipated to proceed this week, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to send the two articles of impeachment to the Senate as early as Wednesday. The House impeached Trump in December for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress related to Trump's effort to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political rival Joe Biden. A growing number of Republican senators are pushing for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to hold a vote on whether to allow witnesses to speak at the Senate trial. The timing of the Senate impeachment trial could impact the 2020 presidentia…

GOP Debate on Impeachment Witnesses Intensifies as Senate Trial Draws Near
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-14
The impeachment trial of President Trump is anticipated to proceed this week, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to send the two articles of impeachment to the Senate as early as Wednesday. The House impeached Trump in December for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress related to Trump's effort to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political rival Joe Biden. A growing number of Republican senators are pushing for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to hold a vote on whether to allo…

Understanding France's General Strike
Gabriel Rockhill | zcomm.org | 2020-01-14
Yellow Vests and Global Class Warfare…